Social Neuroscience: Integrating Biological and Psychological Explanations of Social Behavior

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This compelling volume provides a broad and accessible overview of the emerging field of social neuroscience. Showcasing an array of cutting-edge research programs, leading investigators present new approaches to the study of how the brain influences social behavior, and vice versa. Each authoritative chapter clearly describes the methods used: lesion studies, neuroimaging techniques, hormonal methods, event-related brain potential methods, and others. The contributors discuss the theoretical advantages of taking a social neuroscience perspective and analyze what their findings reveal about core social psychological phenomena. Essential topics include emotion, motivation, attitudes, person perception, stereotyping and prejudice, and interpersonal relationships.
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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Discovering the biological correlates of social behavior and the interaction between social and biological factors has long been of interest, but the effort is gaining momentum with the recent advances in neuroscience. This book describes current knowledge about the relationships between biological forces and social interplay.
Purpose: This book is intended to "capture the excitement" of social neuroscience. There are three main goals, which include reviewing the current literature, presenting the theoretical and methodological richness of the field, and conveying a primer for social neuroscience.
Audience: The targeted audience includes social neuroscience researchers and students, and those of the associated and related disciplines involved in this burgeoning field. The editors are accomplished researchers and the contributing authors are drawn from an international cohort.
Features: The information is presented from a variety of perspectives that readers will find useful. Chapters contain information about lesion studies, fMRI, EEG, ERP, and cardiovascular studies. For readers needing a quick review of neuroanatomy, this is provided early on as it relates to social constructs. A detailed chapter discusses stress responses in a variety of conditions and how this is modulated by social behavior. This is followed by research findings in other social areas, such as motivation, empathy, and social intelligence. The sections are well organized and the references are up to date. Table and figures throughout help summarize the data. Unfamiliar concepts are elaborated (e.g., how heart rate is measured) for novices, but the book makes it effortless for more advanced researchers to gloss over these sections. Furthermore, in an attempt to make the book accessible to readers of all levels, notes at the end of some chapters explain terminology and suggest additional readings without bogging down the chapters in detail that is unnecessary for most readers.
Assessment: As an introduction to social neuroscience, this book delivers. In a few afternoons, novice readers can familiarize themselves with the field and seasoned researchers can update their knowledge in areas that may not be their primary focus. The breadth of theories and methodologies means that this book provides an instructive forum that will appeal to a wide audience and may stimulate conceptual expansions in future research.
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"Through a showcase of the latest research programs, and leading investigations, this volume presents its audience with an accessible, readable, and comprehensive overview of an exciting, emerging new field."--EABP Newsletter
From the Publisher

"The past decade has witnessed great progress in identifying the physiological and neural mechanisms underlying social behavior. This volume brings together many of the leaders of the nascent field of social neuroscience to describe their groundbreaking work in this area. The editors have done a superb job of assembling a broad and representative slate of state-of-the-art chapters. This volume will be valuable for the increasing number of advanced undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on the neurobiology of social behavior, as well as for social and personality psychologists seeking an excellent introduction to the area. Highly recommended."--Todd F. Heatherton, PhD, Champion International Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College

"For students unfamiliar with the field, Social Neuroscience provides an accessible overview of the major topics of study and makes a strong case for the need for more research on the physiological and neurological bases of social behavior. In the classroom, this book would be beneficial to advanced undergraduates or graduate students interested in either social psychology or cognitive/behavioral neuroscience."--Sarah Wood, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Stout

"James Watson once said, 'there are only molecules; everything else is sociology.' His tongue-in-cheek arrogance reminds us of the great gulf that once separated the 'two cultures' of humanities and science. In the last decade this gap is successfully being bridged by social neuroscience. This fine edited volume presents a readable, comprehensive overview of this exciting new field."--V. S. Ramachandran, MD, PhD, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego

"Human beings are intensely social animals, yet intensive study of the biological basis of human social behavior began only quite recently. Brain imaging was the spur to this acceleration of social neuroscience research, but brain imaging alone can never reveal the neural mechanisms underlying human social interactions. Recognizing this shortcoming, Harmon-Jones and Winkielman include a whole range of additional and complementary methodologies in this book, from lesions to hormone analysis. This is an excellent introduction to cutting-edge research in what is undoubtedly going to be the dominant theme in 21st-century neuroscience."--Chris Frith, FRS, Institute of Neurology, University College London, UK

"More than a half-century ago, social psychology opened a New Look in perception. Social phenomena occurring below awareness became prime subjects of controversial discourse. Social Neuroscience now demonstrates that, in many cases, what we thought were no more than conjectures have become promising lines of discovery. It organizes in a clear, instructive manner most of what we now know about neural processes underlying significant aspects of social behavior."--Robert Zajonc, PhD, Department of Psychology, Stanford University

"Not long ago, social motivation was a matter of others sharing some of their food, warmth, and some sex. Now, with the affect revolution, social motivation has become a cauldron of basic emotional systems and cognitive abilities and desires. This volume summarizes a host of exciting developments in this rapidly emerging field. It brings us up to date with exciting research programs that are illuminating the multidimensional social-affective nature of our existence. We finally have a secure intellectual base from which to launch the next generation of inquiries that will allow us to blend human and animal research into an enlightened and unified understanding of how social brains and social mind make us the kinds of creatures that we are."--Jaak Panksepp, PhD, Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology, and Physiology, Washington State University

Keeping In Touch

"Harmon-Jones and Winkielman include essential psychological topics such as motivation, person perception, emotion, attitudes, prejudice and stereotyping, and interpersonal relationships....An accessible, readable, and comprehensive overview of an exciting, emerging new field."--Keeping In Touch

"Conveys neuroscientific analyses of social behavior through clear and focused prose, at an appropriate level of complexity for its readership....This volume easily accomplishes one of its primary aims: to introduce a wide audience to the basic concepts and methods of social neuroscience....A thoughtful collection of wide-ranging and fascinating articles."--PsycCRITIQUES
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593856441
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eddie Harmon-Jones, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Harmon-Jones’s current research focuses on emotions and motivations, their implications for social processes and behaviors, and their underlying neural circuits. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute. In 1999 he coedited Cognitive Dissonance: Progress on a Pivotal Theory in Social Psychology. In 2002 he received the Distinguished Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology from the Society for Psychophysiological Research. In 2003 Dr. Harmon-Jones coedited a special issue devoted to social neuroscience for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He has also served as an associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and is on the editorial boards of four other journals.
Piotr Winkielman, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Winkielman’s current research focuses on the relation between emotion, cognition, body, and consciousness using psychological and psychophysiological approaches. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Alliance for Autism Research. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and is currently Associate Editor of Emotion. In 2005 Dr. Winkielman coedited Emotion and Consciousness.

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Table of Contents

A Brief Overview of Social Neuroscience   Eddie Harmon-Jones   Piotr Winkielman     3
Emotion Processes
The Importance of Emotion-Social Cognition Interactions for Social Functioning: Insights from Orbitofrontal Cortex   Jennifer S. Beer     15
Neurobiology of Emotion Recognition: Current Evidence for Shared Substrates   Andrea S. Heberlein   Ralph Adolphs     31
Ten Years of Research with the Trier Social Stress Test-Revisited   Brigitte M. Kudielka   Dirk H. Hellhammer   Clemens Kirschbaum     56
I Know How You Feel: Social and Emotional Information Processing in the Brain   Catherine J. Norris   John T. Cacioppo     84
How Thinking Controls Feeling: A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Approach   Kevin N. Ochsner     106
Motivation Processes
Asymmetrical Frontal Cortical Activity, Affective Valence, and Motivational Direction   Eddie Harmon-Jones     137
Reward: Neural Circuitry for Social Valuation   Brian Knutson   G. Elliott Wimmer     157
A Biobehavioral Model of Implicit Power Motivation Arousal, Reward, and Frustration   Oliver C. Schultheiss     176
Vigilant and Avoidant Responses to Angry Facial Expressions: Dominance and Submission Motives   Jack van Honk   Dennis J. L. G. Schutter     197
Attitudes and Social Cognition
Attitudes and Evaluation: Toward a Component Process Framework   William A. Cunningham   Marcia K. Johnson     227
A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Model of Human Empathy   Jean Decety     246
How Dynamics of Thinking Create Affective and Cognitive Feelings: Psychology and Neuroscience of the Connection between Fluency, Liking, and Memory   Tedra Fazendeiro   Troy Chenier   Piotr Winkielman     271
The X- and C-Systems: The Neural Basis of Automatic and Controlled Social Cognition   Matthew D. Lieberman     290
An Evolutionary Perspective on Domain Specificity in Social Intelligence   Valerie E. Stone     316
Person Perception, Stereotyping, and Prejudice
Mechanisms for the Regulation of Intergroup Responses: Insights from a Social Neuroscience Approach   David M. Amodio   Patricia G. Devine   Eddie Harmon-Jones     353
Social Cognitive Neuroscience of Person Perception: A Selective Review Focused on the Event-Related Brain Potential   Bruce D. Bartholow   Cheryl L. Dickter     376
Social Neuroscience and Social Perception: New Perspectives on Categorization, Prejudice, and Stereotyping   Tiffany A. Ito   Eve Willadsen-Jensen   Joshua Correll      401
Interpersonal Relationships
Neuropeptides and the Protective Effects of Social Bonds   C. Sue Carter     425
The Quiet Revolution of Existential Neuroscience   Marco Iacoboni     439
Affiliative Responses to Stress: A Social Neuroscience Model   Shelley E. Taylor   Gian C. Gonzaga     454
The Social Neuroscience of Relationships: An Examination of Health-Relevant Pathways   Bert N. Uchino   Julianne Holt-Lunstad   Darcy Uno   Rebecca Campo   Maija Reblin     474
Index     493
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